For transgender patients, going to the doctor for even routine care is a gauntlet of frightening obstacles: intake forms, front desk staff, restrooms, waiting areas, providers, insurance coverage—all informed by a binary, male/female understanding of gender. Patients are often in the uncomfortable position of having to explain their anatomy, and teach healthcare professionals how to give appropriate care. These obstacles deter many patients from seeking care at all.
Phi Delta Epsilon (PhiDE) medical fraternity—with over 35,000 members in 27 states and 6 countries—is committed to altering that reality. At PhiDE’s International Convention, YES Institute shared best practices for creating safe treatment environments.
Over 100 doctors and medical students participated, and many declared a commitment to bringing the education to their schools and facilities. Some comments from participants:
“I’ve had these conversations before, but they’ve always been politicized, which made me feel attacked. Thank you for opening my eyes to the importance of providing the best care for everyone!”
“By far the most candid conversation I have ever had on these topics. The information was authentic and anecdotal, which highlighted easy things I can do to make it safe for my patients.”
Thank you, PhiDE, for your vision and commitment to preparing a new generation of medical professionals to provide quality, gender-affirming care.